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2013-07-16 10:41:42

Ants keep a collection of ‘snapshots’ taken close to the nest so they can find their way home from unfamiliar locations. This is the discovery of scientists at The Vision Centre (VC) and the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University, who found that Australian jack jumper ants, just by briefly scanning the panorama, can quickly determine where their nest is from 15 meters away, even from areas that they have never visited before....

2011-08-02 12:26:08

Nocturnal bulldog ants are not daunted by low temperatures or neighbouring ants, adopting a clockwork-like hunting schedule throughout the year, a new study reveals. Research conducted by The Vision Centre and The Australian National University shows that the nocturnal insects' activity times are not influenced by seasons, temperature tolerance or competition with their neighbours, but by sunset time. "Our previous observations had shown that different species of bulldog and jack jumper ants...

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2009-05-30 05:45:00

The prestigious Smithsonian Museum has been overrun with insects. A brand new exhibit, "Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants," debuts Saturday at the National Museum of Natural History and is open through Oct. 10. The display will include a living leaf-cutter ant colony from Ted Schultz, the museum's curator of ants. Also on display is a 6-foot-tall cast of an ant colony collected by Walter Tschinkel, a student of ant-nest architecture at Florida State University. There will...


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Jack Jumper Ant, Myrmecia pilosula
2013-07-10 13:00:54

The jack jumper ant (Myrmecia pilosula), known by other names including the jumping jack or hopper ant, is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia. Its range includes Tasmania, New South Wales, and rural areas of Victoria. This species is unique in that its genome only holds on set of chromosomes, which is the lowest number of chromosomes that any animal can hold. Like other bull ants, this species can build nests under rocks or under dirt mounds. The jack jumper reaches an...

Red Bull Ant, Myrmecia gulosa
2013-07-10 12:55:32

The red bull ant (Myrmecia gulosa), also known as “hoppy Joe” or the giant bull ant, is a species of bull ant that can be found in Eastern Australia. It was first described by Joseph Banks in 1770 and was one of the first insects to be described from Australia. Its nests are found underground and contain a network of extensive tunnels. The red bull ant reaches an average body length between .5 and 1.1 inches. Its thorax and head are typically reddish...

Inchman, Myrmecia forficate
2013-07-10 12:28:46

The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.  It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...

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2005-09-12 10:19:57

The ants, one of the most successful groups of insects, are of particular interest because they form advanced colonies, and can constitute up to 15 percent of the total animal biomass of a tropical rainforest. They belong to the order Hymenoptera and are close relatives of the vespoid wasps. Ants appear in amber, found in central New Jersey, believed to be from the Cretaceous period. It is thought that they evolved from the wasps that had appeared during the Jurassic period. They are...

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